$18 & Under: Tiger Sugar


Eleanor Gensemer

At Tiger Sugar, the drinks feature swirling patterns that attempt to mimic tiger stripes. Despite the lack of indoor seating, it’s a great place to sit outside with friends or stop for a quick pick-me-up.

To all of those boba lovers or people who love to try something new, we have the place for you. Tiger Sugar, a new boba tea restaurant, opened  Aug. 28, on Rockville Pike. 

Boba tea first appeared in 1980s Taiwan, but it continues to gain popularity. Boba first rose to widespread fame in the US in the early 2000s with the help of social media. What started off small in Taiwan  is now sweeping the nation with delicious drinks. Boba places have been popping up in Rockville with aspirations to capitalize on this trend, and Tiger Sugar is the newest.

Tiger Sugar moved into the old Jamba Juice location next to Fulton Bank and Crumbl Cookies. It is only a 10 minute drive from Rockville High School, making it a convenient location for students looking for a sweet drink to quench their thirst after school.

In addition to having a prime location, the line and waiting time for drinks was short; essential for those of us in a rush. They are open from 12pm to 10 at night.

Tiger Sugar has an extensive menu offering a variety of drink options to ensure that all customers can find something they’ll enjoy. These accommodations are ideal for people with dietary restrictions or who are simply picky. The creative menu is a draw for repeat customers to come back and try something new.

The Tiger Sugar signature drink is a black sugar boba with pearl milk topped with cream mousse. It’s the perfect drink for coffee lovers who need a boost of caffeine to get through the day.

“It looked like it would taste good and have a lot of flavor,” freshman Ronan Campbell stated.  

All drinks are served in a 16oz size and cost $5.90, a bit expensive in comparison to other boba tea in the area. Having only one size option may be bothersome to some, and customers are unable to modify their drinks. Customizing the toppings or sugar levels is not an option due to the way Tiger Sugar uses precise recipes.

Before you shake up your beverage and enjoy it, don’t forget to take a photo. The appearance of each drink is designed to resemble tiger stripes matching the brand name.  If you want to take a peek at some photos of these beautiful creations, search #TIGERSUGAR on Instagram.

Not only are the drinks visually appealing, but the inside of the restaurant is filled with tiger decorations, further adding to the overall aesthetic. Unfort

unately, the restaurant has no no seating, but these fun drinks are meant to take on-the-go.

Tiger Sugar features decor fitting for the name of the restaurant. (Eleanor Gensemer)



Some students have found that despite the lack of seating, it’s a great place to hang out outside on the curb with friends.

“I would recommend this to a group of friends hoping to try something new,” freshman Anastsia Dakoulas suggested. 

Tiger Sugar is great for first-time boba drinkers or for boba fanatics to try new flavors. The drinks have a unique look, the environment is fun and trendy, and the location is great, which makes it more than worth the stop.